Tourist With Measles May Have Exposed Others, Says NY State Dept of Health

A tourist from Australia has been confirmed to have measles
A tourist from Australia has been confirmed to have measles

The New York State Department of Health has issued an advisory warning of potential measles exposure in New York City. A tourist from Australia who has been confirmed to have measles visited various hotels, an urgent care center, a hospital, and was part of a museum tour group between February 16 to 21.

Specifically, the tourist visited the following locations: 

  • La Quinta Inn, 31 W. 71st Street, New York, NY, between February 16 and the morning of February 19, 2018.
  • Oasis Bible Tours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY, the morning of February 16, and the evening of February 17, 2018.
  • Watchtower Educational Center, 100 Watchtower Drive, Patterson, NY, between 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on February 19, 2018.
  • Best Western Hotel, 1324 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, from February 19 until 12:00 p.m. on February 20, 2018.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Goshen – Middletown, 20 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, NY, from 4:30 p.m. on February 20 until 10:30 a.m. on February 21, 2018.
  • Excel Urgent Care, 1 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, NY, between 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on February 21, 2018.
  • Orange Regional Medical Center, Emergency Department, 707 E. Main Street, Middletown, NY, between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on February 21, 2018.

The timeframes represent the hours that the individual was in the area plus 2 hours after, as the viral particles remain alive in the air and on surfaces. 

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To reduce the risk of transmission, the Department of Health is advising that individuals with suspected exposure and symptoms consistent with measles contact their clinic, emergency department, or provider prior to going for care. Healthcare providers are urged to report all suspected cases of measles to their local health department. 

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